Happiest Day of My Life!

 

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I was challenged today to share with you a part of my story that you may not know. Something I don’t talk a lot about. My wedding day! Well, let’s actually let’s start¬†6 weeks before my wedding day. It was March 9, 2003. It was a beautiful spring Sunday, and I was working in my yard. Cabin fever had got me like it did every winter, and I¬†was looking forward to getting some flower beds cleared to prepare them for planting. ¬†Nearly every Sunday(unless I had been shopping with her the day before), I called my Mom. ¬†That day, I was going to call her when I went inside for the evening. ¬†That is a call I never got to make. ¬†We got a call from my Dad saying that Mom had passed suddenly in her sleep sitting in her favorite chair.

To say the least, I was DEVISTATED!  My Mom was my best friend.  She was the one person that no matter what crap I pulled, she still loved me totally and unconditionally!  And trust me, I pulled some doozies!  But that is a novel for another time.  She was my sounding board for EVERYTHING!  My confidant.  But she was always in poor health.  She had diabetes from a young age, which lead to heart disease, major eye problems, and eventually left her going to dialysis 3 days a week for the last 8 months of her life due to complete renal failure.

How was I supposed to have the “Happiest Day of My Life” without HER? ¬†As I sat next to the gurney that she was on in hospital, holding her hand, I swore to myself that I would lose the weight, take better care of myself, and NEVER put anyone through all of the worry that she put us through with her health problems. ¬†I was lying to myself. ¬†I made it to my wedding day, I married my other best friend, and it was a wonderful happy day. ¬†But there was still something missing, and I slipped into a dark place for awhile. ¬†I was sad. ¬†I was depressed. ¬†And my replacement friends, became food and alcohol. ¬†LOTS of alcohol! ¬†I sat around for the next 5 years getting fatter and more unhealthy and more self-loathing.

But something told me in September 2008, that I was NOT a lost cause! ¬†That no one is so broken that they can’t work on being MORE. ¬†That is the thing about Rock Bottom…You still have a choice. ¬†Settle and stay there until rock bottom becomes disease and death, or MAKE the changes you want in your life and RISE UP!

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No one can do it for you! ¬†YOU choose! ¬†I was a scared, broken, depressed, sick, disabled, obese, chain smoking drunk who had never finished anything in her life, on my Day 1. ¬†It’s OK! ¬†You can have as many FIRST steps as you need. ¬†As long as you never choose to take your LAST step!

So if you need a cheerleader in your corner, someone to stay accountable to, someone to push you a little along the way, or just someone that you can reach out to that understands that being fit does not always mean you look like a fitness model, but you are doing your best to be YOUR personal best…I would love to help! ¬†Contact me about joining one of my Beachbody Challenge Groups, or about joining my team and leading by example as you are on your journey.

MAKE today GREAT!

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Failure

I know many of you who follow me here on my blog, or on FB, or on IG, don’t always follow me in other social media, so I wanted to share my FB thoughts in a blog post this morning. ¬†I feel it is an important topic for us all to remember. ¬†After I wrote it this morning, I was listening to the audiobook of “Go For NO!” by Richard Fenton and Andrea Waltz, on my way to work, and it confirmed the thoughts running through my head.

I have had some massive failures over the past six years.  And I got to thinking that it is funny how most people from the outside only see my success of losing and keeping off over 100#!  But the truth of it is, that it has not been easy, and many BIG failures have been a HUGE part of the successes that followed.

So here is the FB post from my Body By Brenda page.~

GGGGGOOOOOODDDDD MMOORRRRNNNIINNNGGGG!!!!!

As most of you know, I have been fighting some of my old demons for quite some time. Binge eating and a bit of self-loathing But on the plus side, I HAVE been fighting them! I have been taking proactive steps to find out the core reasons WHY I am letting these demons sneak back into my life.

THAT is itself is progress!

In the past I would have just let the demons take over without a fight. But I CHOOSE to fight for my success. I CHOOSE each day to make the effort to MAKE my life better!

I fell asleep thinking about this, and woke this morning with these thoughts running through my head. And I know where it comes from. It is directly from all of the positive Personal Development I have been introduced to as a Beachbody Coach. Another day to work towards my DREAM of being both a healthy role model and financially free!

Here is what I jotted down as soon as I got out of bed today.

I Failed Today
by Brenda Turnbaugh

I Failed Today
I am not sure why
Sometimes I wonder
Why do I try?

I Failed Today
I tried to grow
But at times I think…
Will I ever Go Pro?

I Failed Today
The fat I must keep trimming
Time to think like Dory
Just Keep Swimming!

I Failed Today
Yeah It seems quite the mess
But that is what happens when
You fail your way to Success!!!!

Fail, Learn, Succeed!
See You At The Top!!!

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I hope it helps you remember that EVERY day is not a success. ¬†In fact, MANY days are not successes. ¬†Especially in the beginning of a journey. ¬†Cut yourself some slack. ¬†Realize that failure is just part of the journey to massive success, and embrace it! ¬†You know what they say…..

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MAKE today GREAT!!!!

 

 

My Life as a Beachbody Coach

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In January 2013, a very nice guy named, Jeremy, who was a friend of mine¬†on Facebook that I met actually through following his Mom, Sandi Krakowski, to learn more about blogging, started talking to me about Shakeology and Beachbody. ¬†He was fairly new to the business, but was working on losing weight himself at the time, and was having amazing results with Shakeology and P90X. ¬†I wasn’t really thinking I wanted P90X, but when I found Les Mills COMBAT on his site, I WANTED IT! ¬†And I was very into improving my nutrition, and after adding up all the supplements that Shakeology was going to replace, the $130 price tag was actually a LOT LESS than what I was spending at the time. ¬†Then, Jeremy told me about Coaching and that I could get a 25% discount and had the opportunity to actually build a business with it. ¬†OK…if you know me, you know I am…well…let’s call it “frugal” ūüėČ ¬†So with the money I was actually going to be saving monthly, I was IN!

I know it often surprises people, but I am actually kind of a shy introvert who does not get out much. ¬†I am a homebody. ¬†Which is another reason that the Home DVD programs were of huge interest to me. ¬†Sure, I liked going to the gym, but I never talked to many people. ¬†I was there to WORK, not chit chat, and people who were there just¬†to talk while they¬†put in their “time”, were just hindering me from getting my work done so I could get back to my home and my life. ¬†So yeah, working out at home sounded pretty good to me ūüôā ¬†So on February 16th, I placed my order. ¬†Needless to say, I have NOT regretted that decision.

Since starting with Beachbody, I have made so many like minded fitness friends.  And have found an amazing accountability group for both my fitness AND my business.  I have also learned a lot about myself and how to improve from all of the personal development that Beachbody offers and my team has introduced me to.  THAT in itself was worth becoming a coach, since I struggled with self-worth and self-worth all my life.  And most importantly, I have been able to reach more people than I ever thought possible through Social Media and helped them start, or take the next step, on their journey to health and fitness. For years, I was an obese, beer swilling, chain smoking, couch potato, and at 37, I made the decision to make a change my life and become healthy and fit.  I have inspired a few family members and friends to make the change, and I love that!  And the fact that with Beachbody I am getting to meet and introduce MORE people to health and fitness is AMAZING!  You never know who YOU can inspire to change their life for the better!

 

So, if you are just looking to get in shape and be a customer¬†using Beachbody programs and Shakeology, that is AWESOME! ¬†But, if you are interested getting the 25% discount on your monthly Shakeology AND all future Beachbody programs, OR if you are interested in building a business either making it full-time of part-time to earn some extra money, I would LOVE to have you as part of my team! ¬†Message me on Facebook¬†or email me at bodybybrenda@hotmail.com and I would love to¬†get you started today! ¬†Either as a Discount Coach or as a Business Building Machine, you are welcome to take part in all of the same opportunities I have to learn from the wonderful teams I belong to. ¬†PLUS, the discounts,the trips and eve¬†the chance to earn FREE trips, the webinars, the PD. ¬†It is all worth it! ūüôā